Further Appeal for Eye Murder

17 November 2010, 13:57 | Updated: 17 November 2010, 17:10

The charity and family members have been handing out flyers in Eye in Suffolk, where the man died after being found on his driveway last year.

The family of 73-year-old Richard Clarke have been giving out leaflets to the Eye community, visiting shop owners and residents, in the hope that people will be encouraged to come forward with fresh information.

This comes after Crimestoppers and the family have between them come up with a reward of £10,000 for crucial information leading to an arrest and conviction for his murder.

Mr Clarke was the victim of an assault in the driveway of his house in Park Dale, Cranley Green Road, Eye during the evening of Friday 21st August into the early hours of Saturday 22nd August 2009, which resulted in him receiving a fatal head injury.

The family are eager to find out exactly what happened to Mr Clarke, and his grandson Kane told Heart it's the not knowing what went on that's been particularly difficult:

"It's been very traumatic. It's been hard for us all. Obviously it's hard when anybody dies in any family, but the circumstances it happened in has made it so much worse. It's hard to describe how we've felt, but it's been extremely traumatic."

"We're trying not to appeal to the person that's committed the crime, but we believe they would have confided in somebody, and we're appealing to that person, to their conscience and their decency, to come forward to try and help a grieving family put this situation to rest, and understand why this has happened."

The police are also hoping that the leaflet drop will help to bring in some fresh information, as Neil Luckett, Detective Chief Inspector on the Major Investigation Team told Heart:

"We have undertaken a huge investigation, we've got lots of information, but information from members of the public has been really limited. We can only solve this, solve these types of crimes, with information from the public and that's why we're here today."

Ann Scott, the Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers says, "This murder has robbed a family of their father, partner and grandfather. Please come forward to Crimestoppers so this awful crime can be solved. We do not ask for your name and no call is traced or recorded. You won't have to go to court - we only want to know what you know, not who you are."

Crimestoppers hopes that information given to the charity will lead to an arrest and conviction, helping this family to move on. Rewards can only be claimed by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Information can also be given on line at www.crimestoppers-uk.org but rewards cannot be claimed if giving information via the online form. Only information given to Crimestoppers is eligible for a reward.